Last week a Cooper’s Hawk arrived in the Library of Congress. It was first spotted last Wednesday. This bird of prey may have flown in through a broken window in the dome of the Main Reading Room. The hawk likes to perch in the 160-foot-high dome, but at times swoops through the library, creating a lot of excitement. Attempts have been made to lure her down with live bait and frozen quail. She managed to successfully snatch the quail without being caught. But a week after her arrival, a three-member team from the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia captured the hawk, using as bait a caged pair of starlings, named Frick and Frack. The hawk will be restored to health and then released into the wild.
A story like this creates a wonderful opportunity for teaching children about nature. Sharing this story is a great way to teach kids about hawks and other birds of prey. Ask your children, “Did you hear, there was a hawk in the Library of Congress?” The curiosity of childhood will take it from there. All kinds of questions will be asked, and together you can have lots of fun finding the answers. Below are some links that will get you started: